Shaffer Makes History Winning UNOH All-Star Circuit Of Champions Race At Brewerton Speedway

By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – The UNOH All-Star Circuit Of Champions made history Wednesday night at the Brewerton Speedway in front of a record crowd. In the long storied history of the track there had never been a 410 Sprint Car race till Wednesday night. Tim Shaffer’s name will now go into the record books as the first 410 A-Main winner.

Shaffer took the lead on the opening lap of the 30 lap A-Main and never looked back. The win was anything but easy, as he survived close calls on the speedway and constant challenges from David Gravel and Daryn Pittman for the popular win for the “Steel City Outlaw”.

Tim Shaffer and David Gravel brought the 24 car starting field down to the green with Shaffer grabbing the early lead in the 30 lap A-Main.

With 5 laps showing on the scoring tower, Shaffer built up a quarter straightaway lead, as Gravel, Daryn Pittman, Shawn Donath and Cap Henry chased the leader.

By lap 10, Shaffer and Gravel were in a tight battle for the lead as they also fought in traffic trying to put cars a lap down. Pittman, Henry and Donath ran third through fifth.

A yellow on laps 13 and 14 slowed the pace just before halfway.

On lap 19 disaster almost struck the leader. Shaffer had to get hard on the brakes for a car that got out of shape in front of him in turn one, that allowed Pittman to shoot by. A yellow came out at the same time allowing Shaffer to keep the lead.

A quick caution period would come out on lap 19. On the restart it looked like Shaffer was shot out of a cannon as he took off from the rest of the field.

With 9 laps to go and things going his way, Shaffer got sideways in turn one slowing his momentum, that allowed Pittman and Gravel to close quickly, making it a three-way battle for the lead.

One last yellow would fly with six laps to go putting Gravel, Pittman, Henry and Tony Stewart right with Shaffer for the dash to the finish.

Over the remaining laps, Shaffer ran a quick line on the bottom of one and two, and high in three and four hoping to hold on for the win. On the final lap Gravel threw everything he had at Shaffer but came up just short, as Shaffer was the first under the checkers. Daryn Pittman, Tony Stewart and Cap Henry finished third through fifth.

“It was a handful tonight with guys all around me,” Shaffer said about his tough win.” Hats off to my guys, Dave Lawrence and James Chambers. There is just the three of us out here, doing what it takes to get up front. They did a great job on the track, they gave us a top and a bottom where ever we needed to run”

Brewerton Speedway  – 7/18/2012

UNOH Night

All Star Circuit of Champions (24 Cars)

[#]-Starting Position

Qualifying – Kistler Engines

1. 89G-David Gravel, 12.828

2. 27-Daryn Pittman, 12.844

3. 45-Paul McMahan, 12.884

4. 83-Tim Shaffer, 12.903

5. 54-Cap Henry, 12.928

6. 33-Shawn Donath, 13.039

7. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.164

8. 17-Marty Perovich, 13.323

9. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.352

10. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 13.368

11. 99L-Larry Wight, 13.437

12. 45H-Chuck Hebing, 13.456

13. 4-Danny Smith, 13.481

14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.519

15. 5-Justin Barger, 13.572

16. 87-George Suprick, 13.589

17. O7-Mark Coldren, 14.038

18. 49-Bob Howard, 14.119

19. 42W-Rick Wilson, 14.120

20. 19-Colby Womer, 14.200

21. 25-Michael Parent, 14.311

22. 15AW-April Wilson, 14.372

23. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.399

24. 29-Dick Spadaro, 15.162

Heat 1 – Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps – Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 4-Danny Smith[2]

2. 14-Tony Stewart[4]

3. 83-Tim Shaffer[5]

4. 1Z-Jessica Zemken[3]

5. 89G-David Gravel[6]

6. 87-George Suprick[1]

7. 15AW-April Wilson[8]

8. 42W-Rick Wilson[7]

Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps – Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2]

2. 27-Daryn Pittman[6]

3. 17-Marty Perovich[4]

4. 99L-Larry Wight[3]

5. 1A-Jacob Allen[8]

6. 54-Cap Henry[5]

7. O7-Mark Coldren[1]

8. 19-Colby Womer[7]

Heat 3 – Dragon Race Fuel (8 Laps – Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 5-Justin Barger[2]

2. 39-Greg Hodnett[4]

3. 49-Bob Howard[1]

4. 45-Paul McMahan[6]

5. 45H-Chuck Hebing[3]

6. 33-Shawn Donath[5]

7. 25-Michael Parent[7]

8. 29-Dick Spadaro[8]

Dash – Outerwears Performance Products (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature

1. 83-Tim Shaffer[2]

2. 89G-David Gravel[4]

3. 45-Paul McMahan[3]

4. 33-Shawn Donath[1]

5. 54-Cap Henry[5]

6. 27-Daryn Pittman[6]

A-Main – University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps)

1. 83-Tim Shaffer[1]

2. 89G-David Gravel[2]

3. 27-Daryn Pittman[6]

4. 14-Tony Stewart[7]

5. 54-Cap Henry[5]

6. 5-Justin Barger[15]

7. 45-Paul McMahan[3]

8. 39-Greg Hodnett[9]

9. 4-Danny Smith[13]

10. 33-Shawn Donath[4]

11. 99L-Larry Wight[11]

12. 1Z-Jessica Zemken[10]

13. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14]

14. 17-Marty Perovich[8]

15. 25-Michael Parent[21]

16. 42W-Rick Wilson[19]

17. 87-George Suprick[16]

18. 15AW-April Wilson[22]

19. O7-Mark Coldren[17]

20. 19-Colby Womer[20]

21. 49-Bob Howard[18]

22. 1A-Jacob Allen[23]

23. 45H-Chuck Hebing[12]

24. 29-Dick Spadaro[24]

Hard Charger: 5-Justin Barger[+9]